Malek, who won an Oscar for playing the Queen frontman in 2018’s Bohemian Rhapsody, said that he deliberately didn’t want to emulate previous Bond villains in the film.
“If I went in there and tried to make a carbon copy of someone, what joy or fun would that be for anybody?” he told Empire Magazine.
He added, “I guess that may be a lesson I learned from Mr Mercury.”
“If it’s not original, then why bother?” he continued. “I’ve pocketed some things from some of my favourites. But I tried to, every day, imbue this character with something I thought made sense for the character, but might also at the same time be shocking and unnerving.”
Malek also revealed that he developed a specific voice for his Bond character with assistance from the same vocal coach that helped him embody Mercury.
The Mr Robot star portrays Safin in No Time to Die, a villain who wears a porcelain mask over half of his face.
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